Question about 2001 Saab 9-3
I own a 2001 9-3 2.o turbo SE convertible. I have a re-occurring fault in the the above-mentioned warning light comes on at the dash. I have been to Saab dealers who have reset the light having not being able to give me a definitive fault. When the light is not illuminated the engine runs smoothly. When in mid-drive i hear about 3-4 clicks from the relay bank behind the dash. It follows with a lowering in revs at idle and very lumpy idle. also after decelerating from normal 70mph speeds to a standstill it tends to cut out. The light also knocks out the cruise control. With no exact fault that has been discovered, i believe that it is either the fuel pump or a faulty relay. The fuel pump has a whine to it especially when cold.
Your airmassmeter has probably a small fault and needs to be reset by your SAAB workshop. It is a few minutes work only. They can also clean the electrical contacts to keep it from happening again. Now the meeter may be damaged but from time to time this problems hapends without anybody can say why.
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
Hi I have a 2001 9-3 SE 2.0T and the same problem.
My garage have checked the car three times now and each time the OBD 2 has reported that the Cat is reporting a substandard output. They have tested the cat each time and it's well within it's limits.
In the end I got sick of paying £49 to clear the MIL check light only to have it appear a few weeks later. So I bought from Ebay an ELM327 for about £50 and now turn off the MIL Check light myself. Also now when it come on I can check the cause and my garage can't pull the wool over my eyes on the cost of possibly non needed repairs.
I hope this has helped.
Posted on Jun 02, 2008
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